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Operation Desolation: A Short Story (Jeff Aiken Series) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Russinovich
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A thought-provoking new short story from the acclaimed author of Zero Day and Trojan Horse.
 
Challenging Anonymous is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. But the CEO of a major investment firm has done just that, and now cyber security expert Jeff Aiken has to try to protect the company from its leader’s mistakes. The timing couldn’t be worse, as Jeff is scheduled to appear at a conference that has invited an Anonymous representative as well. And Jeff’s about to discover that the hacker outfit plans to bring their fight offline--and into the real world.



Product Details

  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (August 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K37P2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story August 10, 2012
By Jojo
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First let me start by saying DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU READ ZERO DAY!!! This story takes place one year after Mark Russinovich's first book, Zero Day. It contains information about the ending of that book. I highly recommend reading them in order.

With that being said, this story features the same main character, Jeff Aiken, hired to protect a company from a hacker group named Anonymous. I'm not going to get into details of the plot, simply because it's very short and I don't want to ruin it for anyone. Amazon estimates it at 64 pages and I read it in about an hour. It's well worth the whole $1 that I paid. I have pre-ordered Trojan Horse, Mark's next book, and can't wait for it to come out.

My only complaint is that there is no hard print version which I still prefer to read over an electronic copy. I guess that has to do with length and the cost of printing. This was my first kindle book purchase and I am impressed with the kindle features (bookmarking, searching, etc..) but will still buy hard copies of the next book I purchase even if it costs a little more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story March 13, 2013
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Mark Russinovich has created a great story line with this short story. The storytelling is great and coverage of the tech-related material is just deep enough for the story to feel real and shallow enough that non-tech pros can read without getting lost. I will be buying other Mark Russinovish fiction books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and very realistic September 9, 2012
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This is a very quick read, and ends before you know it. Along the way, though, you are really brought into the world Mark has created - it's almost as if you are hearing somebody tell a story of something that actually happened, rather than a work of fiction. It was a great way to pass a short plane flight, and I am looking forward to reading the next full novel in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quick and interesting read April 14, 2014
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An entertaining interlude. It was well written and flowed fabulously. A great piece of entertainment to fill part of an evening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, if a bit predictable March 16, 2013
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Having read zero day and Trojan horse, I knew what to expect from this story. It was a good read, and priced right. As with mark's other novels, it is obvious that the author of this story has an in depth knowledge of the players and technology involved. It's great to read a story about computers and hacking that doesn't just make up all of the technical details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun January 23, 2013
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This was a fun little short story that takes place between the two novels. For the price, well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller and good tech but with a glitch. November 30, 2012
By ET
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The story is very thrilling with a good amount of technical details. However, in my opinion there is an unrealistic/ambiguous part. The part where Jeff determines the IP of the attacker via the trivial game. Because the IP showing up on the compromised server's log is typically a public IP and not the internal one assigned by the DHCP.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read September 7, 2012
By MrX
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You must read Zero Day before reading this, as the same characters continue to be developed within this book.
Operation Desolation was a great read while the wait for Trojan Horse (Mark's next book) continued.
The only downside is that it is a short book, I could have definitely kept on reading!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Engaging, and perhaps a look at the future
Published 11 days ago by John F. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another wonderful book by Russinovich.
Published 21 days ago by Robert Love
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, as I do all of Mark's writing ...
Enjoyed it, as I do all of Mark's writing - fiction and non-fiction. Still, it felt incomplete in the sense of feeling like a chapter in one of his novels: one with closure on one... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Short!! Great Read!!
Besides being a great technical writer, Mark Russinovich has become one of my favorite writers w/ the Jeff Aiken series. I've read all of them now & eagerly waiting for the next. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kb7sqi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for a short
I've only recently discovered Russinovich, but I greatly enjoyed his first Aiken story. This short story didn't quite have the depth of the full-length, but I think that's... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Noah's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short!
I know it's a short story but I wanted more story! I have the next book in the chronological order waiting for me in my audio library, so I can find out what happens next! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Quchant
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine yarn from Mark Russinovich
I've enjoyed all of Mark's writing whether on his blog, in his non-fiction or his fiction. This short story in the Jeff Aiken Series" is no exception. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Phil Yantis
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, but too short.
This story had the kernel of a really great novel. However, the author ended just when it was getting interesting. Too bad.
Published 6 months ago by David Malmberg
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe it's over!
I know it's a short story but it seemed like only 2 chapters.
We never did find out about Anonymous or if they were
caught.
Published 7 months ago by Michael J. MacKany
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I enjoyed this short story. Being in the information technology field for over 20 years, it hit close to home..
Published 7 months ago by Sam Boutros
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More About the Author

Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State with his wife, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

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